Vandalism Cause of ND Oil Spill

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 03:01 PM gHale

A Dallas-based oil company said someone vandalized one of its oil well sites near Watford City, ND, causing more than 250 barrels of oil to release.

Petro-Hunt L.L.C. said Monday 260 barrels of oil ended up released, contained and recovered at a site about 25 miles northeast of Watford City.

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Company spokesman Fred Hosey said someone came onto their unsecured site, broke the seals on the tank valves and opened them. He said the oil released only within a protective berm.

Hosey said while vandalism isn’t common at their sites, it does happen. Occasionally it’s a local resident with a bone to pick with the company, but most of the time authorities never find the culprits, he said.

Local authorities are investigating the incident.

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